APA California, Central Section


Thursday, April 28, 2016
8 a.m. - 4 p.m. PDT

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8:00-8:30              Coffee and Networking

8:30-9:00              Welcome & Introductions

Cindy Tejeda, USACE

9:05-10:00           FEMA Risk MAP

Eric Simmons, FEMA

10:00-10:15         BREAK

10:15-12:00         PANEL PRESENTATION:

Snow and Drought: What The Past Can Tell Us About The Future

Mohammad Safeeq, Sierra Nevada Research Institute, UC Merced

Seeing the Signs of Climate Change in Adapting to California’s Changing Hydrology

Michelle Selmon, DWR

12:00-1:15           LUNCH (OPTIONAL: log in for FMA luncheon speaker Mitch Avalon)

1:15-2:15              Risk Communication and 21st Century Interpretation

Christy Cox, USACE

2:20-3:00              How to Apply for An Interagency Silver Jackets Project

Rachael Orellana, USACE

3:05-3:30              Closing Session: Around the Horn

Moderators: Hunter Merritt, USACE & Maria Lorenzo-Lee, DWR

3:30-4:00              Cleanup, Adjourn


Cindy Tejeda

Confirmed Speaker

Cindy Tejeda is the Watershed and Floodplain Program Manager with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, South Pacific Division. She is the regional program manager for Floodplain Management Services (FPMS), Planning Assistance to States (PAS), and Tribal Partnership Program (TPP) and serves as a regional resource for federal, state ... Read More

Mohammad Safeeq

Confirmed Speaker

Dr. Mohammad Safeeq is an Assistant Adjunct Professor in the School of Engineering at University of California, Merced and an assistant research scientist at the Sierra Nevada Research Institute. His research involves studying how the complex interactions between climate, vegetation, soil, and geology control and modulate critical zone processes related ... Read More

Eric Simmons

Confirmed Speaker

Eric Simmons is the senior engineer with the Mitigation Division of FEMA Region IX in Oakland, CA. His work focuses on the reduction of flood losses to people and the environment due to unwise floodplain development. Flood hazard mapping and other risk analysis work is the primary method of accomplishing ... Read More

Michelle Selmon

Confirmed Speaker

Michelle Selmon has been a senior environmental scientist and regional climate change specialist with the California Department of Water Resources for more than six years. She previously worked as a wildlife biologist for the California Department of Fish and Game and others for 15 years. Michelle has a Bachelor of ... Read More

Christy Cox

Confirmed Speaker

Christy Cox is a Geographic Information systems (GIS) analyst in the Engineering Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District. Prior to her work in USACE, she spent three years working with the Board of Equalization and the Technology Agency on the Digital Land Record Inventory (DLRI ... Read More

Rachael Orellana

Confirmed Speaker

Rachael is the flood risk program manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District, where she oversees the Flood Plain Management Services, Planning Assistance to States, and Silver Jackets teams for California, Nevada, and Utah. Rachael’s portfolio includes projects that are completing a hydrologic analysis of ... Read More